Today I really felt like painting. It wasn't easy, but I enjoyed the challenge. I say challenge because about 3 weeks ago I had an accident at work and damaged my right hand. Still waiting for an MRI to be certain whether it's ligament damage. A fracture was ruled out after a second x-ray. So I've had my working hand in a plaster cast and been warned not to use it. Apparently the Scaphoid bone is a very delicate area and can take several months to heal. In some cases, an operation needs to be performed. I hope none is the case with my hand.
By the way, I'm using the bad hand to tap away writing this blog (I'm so bad !)
So today I felt like painting. Just one of those moments that come and call me to action. I helps when the studio is reasonably tidy and things around just seem to be at hand. I started painting on a small board I had laying around for a long time. It had a sketch done in oils of an idea that went nowhere months ago. It was a bird-like shape with something shaped like a nest. Don't know why I abandoned that, but at least today it seemed a good idea to play with it and see what I could dream up.
Recently, I have started working on a series with trees. I have also used the tree as subject over the years. This morning I was thinking about the tree and how it has so many meanings throughout history. What it means to me today maybe different to you the reader. To some it is completely invisible and doesn't register any meaning. To some it is all about color, to others it's about saving the planet.
To me the tree today was about the garden of Eden. It's a story from the Christian Bible, where Eve ate the apple from the tree of knowledge. She was tempted by Satan to question God and challenge his reasons for denying both Adam and Eve to eat from it.
For me this is a great story to inspire something to paint about. And the thing I liked most was painting the whole painting in my left hand. It's the Devil's hand and my challenge was to create a painting depicting a strange world. It's a picture of a rage or wrath, just as the peaceful garden becomes a raging inferno of wind and energy in reds, oranges and yellows. The expulsion has begun !
The painting is a study and I hope to paint some more along the theme. With the left hand if need be, the Devil's hand :p
Artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Paintings, works on paper. Mostly creates monotypes and monoprints